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Another Way to Discern Your Vocation: Consider Being a Franciscan Volunteer!

By Fr. Mike Duffy, OFM The process of discernment is never a “one size fits all” process of considering God’s call. Prayer, reflection, having a good spiritual director, and talking over questions and concerns with the Vocation Director are all important. But some young people...
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Giving More Than Just Bread

By Fr. Mike Duffy, OFM In this season of thanks and giving, a friar who is part of the team at St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, which serves roughly 350 meals every day of the year, reflects on the satisfaction of knowing that the ministry is providing much more than food. This...
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A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the “Hood” (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of a reflection entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the ‘Hood,'” by Br. Fred Dilger, OFM. Click here to read Part 1. Evening Tradition: Service and Fraternity My main ministry is serving our guests, which really means...
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A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the “Hood” (Part 1)

The following is Part 1 of a reflection entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the ‘Hood,'” by Br. Fred Dilger, OFM. My day begins early. As one of six friars assigned to Philadelphia’s St. Francis Inn, I am the guy who turns on the lights, starts up...
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